Chiappa Little Badger Single Shot .22LR

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Italian arms maker Chiappa debuted their Little Badger .22lr single-shot break-open rifle earlier this year at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The minimalist survival rifle comes with a 16.5″ barrel and is equipped with an adjustable rear sight, fixed front sight and weights in at just 3.5 pounds. It also has a pretty nifty cartridge holder that’s attached to the wire frame stock and the barrel comes threaded for suppressor use. Want to add and optic? The Little Badger also includes 4 Picatinny rails on the handguard. The handy little rifle folds down to just 16.5″, with an overall length of 32″ unfolded and comes with a nylon carry bag. The Chiappa Little Badger retails at $170, check them out at chiappafirearms.com.

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  • Julio

    Worth pointing out too that the short rail behind the trigger guard is designed to take an AR-type pistol grip?

  • mechamaster

    Great ! A good candidate for lightweight survival rifle.

  • gunslinger

    i want to see this in action.

    although 170 seems a bit steep imo. for not much more you can get a normal 10/22 or a few more coins to the the 10/22 take down.

    • Mystick

      A lot lighter, though…

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Or a Henry Survival Rifle ( ex-AR7 Explorer with improvements ) or Marlin Papoose. The biggest advantage of the Henry in the “survival” role versus the others is that it is the only one of the lot that is truly weatherproof, waterproof and proof against ingestion of debris, sand and mud when stowed, i.e., in the takedown mode, since all components are stored in the buttstock, which has a watertight end cap. This also eliminates the need for a storage sleeve or holster and makes the whole package more compact.

      Each and every survival rifle design has its advantages and disadvantages. The individual user will have to weigh up his or her preferences and needs accordingly before choosing.

  • LRB

    “Hey throw a quad rail on it, it will make it tactical and look cooler but has not practicality”

  • allannon

    It seems to me that it doesn’t fold far enough. It’d be very nice if they could figure out a way to get the muzzle all the way to the base of the butt.

    Bonus points for putting like a cup or something on the butt to hold the barrel in place.

    I wonder if it’d be practical to make a side folding rifle like this? I mean, it’d be mildly inconvenient to load, but being able to fold all the way over without having to muck with triggers or trigger guards would be nifty.

    • Adam

      Agreed. Probably wouldn’t take much to tweek the design of the hinge so the muzzle goes all the way back to the stock. If they had at least milled out the bottom rail to allow the trigger guard to nestle inside it when folded then it would be quite a bit closer.

      If they were going to make the action break to the side, it wouldn’t be much longer if they just made the stock fold and then they don’t have to monkey with the design of the action and the rifle isn’t awkward to load.

      They could also just have the hinge use a quick-release pin or do something else to allow the halves to come apart entirely.

      • allannon

        For takedown, seems like swapping the screw(s) for a cotter or detent pin would be a reasonably trivial task.

        The whole thing strikes me as “Hey, let’s take the M6, remove the shotgun barrel, and sell it!”.

  • jamezb

    It’s SO FREAKIN’ CUTE….
    reminds me of “bicycle rifles” c.1900
    I could live without the rails and wish it had a guardless folding trigger, allowing it to fold up better. I’d also kinda dig a nickel plate option.

    • Asdf

      How about someone actually reproduce the old Quackenbush bicycle rifles. I would buy one in a second, especially over the offering.

    • David Sharpe

      Damn, basically a Springfield M4 survival rifle?

      I would definitely buy one of those.

      • jamezb

        Well, those are quite nice, and certainly do find their roots in the rifles of which I was referring, but I was thinking of a far older type like this:
        While this example is not a break-action type, there were others of similar construction that were. The retro appeal of this class of largely forgotten and rarely seen inexpensive “boys rifles” has drawn me since as a child I had an 1890′s Sears catalog featuring the rifle seen below, along with its contemporaries such as various models of the Quackenbush and Stevens Tip-up design. Many were what we would today consider 1/2 to 2/3 scale in comparison to “full sized” rifles, as we see in today’s Chipmunk ,22′s. Many of these such as the example below, were often sold in nickel plated finishes to provide some weather resistance as they often received little proper care. I suspect the rarity of these little jewels today is a result of several factors, including simple loss or neglect, being mistaken for a toy or broken air-rifle and discarded, or having been donated to the “guns for our allies” or scrap-metal drives during the period of the World Wars. Perhaps some still reside forgotten in attics or hang from a nail in dusty barns still awaiting rediscovery and a daring soul with a taste for nostalgia and a box of low-velocity CB caps. I can dream, can’t I?

  • Bear @ C&L Armory

    That’s kinda neat. It would be the perfect rifle for young beginning shooters. Start them off with something bare bones and easy to maintain and work up from there.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Good idea. The Rossi single-shot rifles and shotguns in the small, lower-powered calibers would also be ideal — inexpensive, accurate, reliable, durable and easily disassembled for transportation. The venerable Cricket and Chipmunk rifles in .22LR are great too ( they also bring back a lot of wonderful memories ). Many thanks for mentioning this!

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Interesting and innovative design. There appears to be one serious potential flaw, though. Unless I am missing something here, when the rifle is transported in the stowed ( folded ) position, the inner workings of the breech, barrel and trigger mechanism are fully exposed to the environment and the ingestion of debris, sand, mud, water and other contamination. Of course, a protective sleeve or holster would help considerably, but doesn’t the point of having a survival rifle also include a design that is reasonably proof against this sort of problem, especially when carried in the stowed position, when it is most likely to be subject to abuse?

    What do you think? It would make for a really interesting discussion with the possibility of many practical contributions and solutions from the knowledgeable contributors on this web site.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    That’s an astute observation on your part — thanks! For some, it would be a nice add-on, although I personally prefer the Chiappa as-is ; after all, the basic concept of a survival rifle is supposed to be geared towards keeping things as light, compact and simple as possible while still working efficiently and reliably in its intended role.

  • Jay

    They made sure there’s no other place to put the fingers on this rifle, but the trigger. Morons should never be involved in firearms development.

    • David Sharpe

      How about…um…you know….the stock?

      If you can’t figure out where to hold this rifle maybe you shouldn’t have access to guns…

    • jamezb

      Um, how about putting your finger outside the trigger guard…just like on any other gun?.

  • Michael

    When I first saw this rifle I was thinking “Day of The Jackal”
    Maybe they could make it in center fire .22 hornet, 7.62×39 or 300 Blackout

  • mobgma

    Make fun of it all you want but I think it is a great novelty survival rifle. Priced a little high but I am sure one will make it’s way into my safe at some point.

  • Pat

    Where can I get one of these in canada?
    -Pat

  • big c

    Why can’t I get a little badger in 22lr